An I-80 sinkhole opened up near Truckee, Calif. It was only 3-feet wide, but caused the closure of two lanes and backed traffic up for miles this morning. According to The Inquisitr on August 23, 2013, this brought the freeway down to only a single lane open in each direction.
The cause of the sinkhole is unknown but it reportedly opened up on Friday morning during a paving operation near Donner Pass Road.
A second I-80 update has occurred. All lanes are now open and the sinkhole has been repaired.
An I-80 sinkhole update has been made. All westbound lanes have reopened. Only one eastbound lane remains closed. All lanes are expected to be reopened by 6 p.m. tonight.
Caltrans commented about the I-80 sinkhole as well. They said that it had probably been in existence for years, but had only recently been discovered and inadvertently opened up by the paving crew. Most likely it was formed over time by water working its way around a culvert.
The I-80 sinkhole is just the latest in a string of them in recent memory. Only days ago one was caught on video in Bayou Corne, Louisiana, "Sinkhole swallows tree: Massive sinkhole continues to grow." Another one opened up in Florida, "Sinkhole Disney World: Massive sinkhole swallows resort."
Unfortunately sinkholes are becoming a rather common occurrence in the U.S. Sometimes there is only damage to the land or property. Other times people and animals get hurt or killed. It is interesting to observe and not if it seems like man or just nature causes them.
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